3/31 MMA News and Notes
Mar 31, 2012 - by Alex Peredo
~ In a light-heavyweight battle between UFC veterans held last night in Kearney, Nebraska, Gilbert “The Hurricane” Yvel defeated Houston “The Assassin” Alexander. Yvel won via a NASTY KO (Punch) at 3:59 into Round 1. The bout headlined Resurrection Fighting Alliance 2. Yvel has won 2 straight to improve to 38-16-1 while Alexander has lost to 2 straight to drop to 13-8 with 2 No-Contest.
~ The full Bellator 63 results from Uncasville, Connecticut include:
MAIN CARD (MTV2)
Karl Amoussou def. Chris Lozano via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:05 – welterweight-tourney opening round
Bryan Baker def. Carlos Pereira via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) – welterweight-tourney opening round
David Rickels def. Jordan Smith via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:22 – welterweight-tourney opening round
Ben Saunders def. Raul Amaya via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-38, 29-28) – welterweight-tourney opening round
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com)
Ryan Quinn def. Marc Stevens via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Matt Bessette def. Saul Almeida via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Dan Cramer def. Jeff Nader via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Andrey Koreshkov def. Taiwan Howard via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 1:26
Munah Holland def. Marianna Kheyfets via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 4:45
Brandon Fleming def. Pete Rogers via submission (Peruvian necktie) – Round 1, 3:39
~ DREAM/PRIDE/Strikeforce lightweight veteran Tatsuya Kawajiri won earlier today at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. Kawajiri, a featherweight, submitted (Triangle Choke) Donald Sanchez at 3:27 in the 1st Round. The bout was the co-main event of One Fighting Championship 3: War of the Lions. Kawajiri has won 4 straight to improve to 31-7-2.
~ Next week at Bellator 64, the bantamweight tournament will kick off with a bout between Masakatsu Ueda (15-1-2) & Travis Marx (18-3). Bellator 64 occurs next Friday in Windsor, Ontario, Canada & airs on MTV2. Ueda is perhaps the best bantamweight not signed to the UFC.
~ Brian Rogers (9-3 MMA, 2-1 BFC) has been slotted to fight fellow Bellator 61 winner Bruno Santos (13-0 MMA, 1-0 BFC) at next month’s Bellator 66 event in the semifinals of the organization’s season-six middleweight tournament. The co-main event bout occurs on April 20 at the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio.